Yahoo! launches toolbar update in the United States

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 16, 2013
Updated • Aug 16, 2013
Internet, Yahoo

Toolbars were quite common back in the gold old pioneering days of the Internet as they added functionality to the browser that you could not add in any other way to it. The rise of browser extensions made them obsolete, more or less, but that does not mean that they have vanished completely.

Nowadays, toolbars have a negative connotation as they are often installed in sneaky ways on the computer. Plus, they do not really add anything to the browser that cannot be added in other ways.

Yahoo! released the new Yahoo! Toolbar in the U.S for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. If you are not living in the US you can still get it, but need to change your country to US for the download on the toolbar download page.

Yahoo! Toolbar Review

The website detects the browser that you are using automatically and will either provide you with a download link if it is supported, or suggest that you download a version of Firefox that comes bundled with the toolbar if it is not.

Side note: The Chrome Yahoo! Toolbar would not show up in the browser after installation. I'm not sure if this is because I'm running Chrome Dev and Stable on the system, or because of other issues. The Firefox installation worked fine though.

The Yahoo! Toolbar adds a toolbar to your browser that sports a large search form and many, many buttons afterwards.

The buttons link to web services and tools, such as Yahoo! Mail, Tumblr, Flickr or Yahoo! Finance. First thing that you may want to do is edit the buttons that are available so that only those that you are interested in show up. To do so click on the settings icon at the right of the toolbar and select the edit toolbar option.

You are taken to a configuration page where you can add or remove buttons from it. The page lists first party Yahoo! services and also popular third party services such as Gmail, Facebook or YouTube that you can add to the toolbar.

While this sounds just like a bookmarks bar so far, many of the services that you add can be linked to that service, so that you do receive notifications and other information right in the toolbar.

If you cannot find a particular page or service listed here, you can visit it manually and click on the plus icon in the toolbar to add it to the toolbar.

Last but not least, it is possible to rearrange the buttons - but not the search field - that you find on the toolbar.


If you want to uninstall Yahoo!'s toolbar again, you need to do the following. The process depends on the browser that you have installed it in to.

Firefox: Open about:addons in the browser's address bar and locate the Yahoo! Toolbar entry here. Click on the remove button next to it and then on the restart now link that appears to complete the process. This restarts Firefox and the toolbar should be gone afterwards.

uninstall yahoo toolbar

Google Chrome and Internet Explorer: The toolbar gets installed just like any other program in Windows. This means that you need to uninstall it from the remove a program control panel applet in the operating system. Easiest option is to press the Windows-key, type uninstall and select the result from there.

Locate the Yahoo! Toolbar entry and select to uninstall it from the system.

Closing Words

While I personally would not call the toolbar essential even if I was a die-hard Yahoo! user, I can see its use, especially for users who want to receive service notifications. It does not really take up more space if you replace your bookmarks bar with it, but that may mean that you may need to use Yahoo! Bookmarks as an alternative to that if you have lots of bookmarks that you need direct access to.


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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